Juanita Hartense Hamilton was born on November 21, 1918, in Henderson County, North Carolina, to Neal William and Loveda Estelle McCrary Hamilton. Juanita's father, a World War I veteran, was a farmer in Henderson County by 1930. Juanita Hamilton enlisted in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps on January 5, 1942, and served until December 26, 1945. Hamilton was assigned to the 153rd Station Hospital, which was stationed in New Guinea and Australia during the war. She reached the rank of First Lieutenant during her military career.
Juanita Hamilton would marry U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Donald Eugene Webster. After the war, Juanita Webster worked as a nurse at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. Juanita H. Webster died on June 2, 2002, in the town of Brevard in Transylvania County, North Carolina, and was buried in the Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory Cemetery in the Pisgah Forest in the same county.
This oral history interview was digitized through the support by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-17-0034-17).